- Hon. Mufutau Egberongbe of the House of Representatives, decides to bring 'Christmas blessing' to his constituents
- Egberongbe concentrated on those whose homes and livelihoods were recently ravaged by floods
- The lawmaker pleads with the federal government to grant Lagos a 'special status' to help it develop faster
There is one thing that would make Mufutau Egberongbe, a member of the House of Representatives, happy. He wishes to see that every resident of his constituency financially independent.
The lawmaker said this recently when he donated relief materials to victims of flood in the Oke Oja area of Apapa local government area of Lagos.
The lawmaker explained that he understood that many Nigerians are hardworking and excelling in their chosen fields and trades. However, many more, according to him, have continued to struggle with the hope of succeeding one day.
These second set of people, he said, should be constantly be encouraged by the government and well-meaning individuals.
Egberongbe, who had, over the years as a lawmaker, battled to make Apapa habitable, further said being from the area, he understood the impact of the recent rains on the affected families.
Many of them were rendered homeless. The flood also caused the death of some of the residents while others lost their businesses.
Egberongbe said the need to play a role in helping the victims to find succour propelled his visit to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) where he requested for relief materials on behalf of those involved in the flood.
He gave 750 bags of rice, beans and garri, and cartons of vegetable oil to the victims.
The residents also got bags of salt, cement, mattresses, roofing sheets, nails, ceilings, blankets, among others from him.
Apart from the relief materials, the lawmaker also gifted the victims cash.
Speaking with journalists about the event, Egberongbe said:
"The NEMA officials had come at a time, they did enumeration, they assessed the area and did an evaluation and all the households were compiled and these households are the ones we are presenting with these items today. I personally added cash incentives for my people in the mood of the festive period.
"All these materials donated are just to bring succour in the interim."
Egberongbe urged the federal government to consider Lagos for a special status.
"My prayer is for the Federal Government to grant Lagos State a special status. Lagos is a miniature of Nigeria, a cosmopolitan state that represents all the people of the Nigerian State.
"You will recall what happened during the End SARS protest. Lagos didn't initiate the creation of SARS but Lagos received the heat more because Lagos State represents Nigeria.
"So I am praying that the Federal Government will stop playing politics with the lives of the people and do the needful by making sure that special status is given to the state."
To the residents of his constituencyhe pleaded that they should all adhere to the COVID-19 protocols at all times, especially with the way the second wave of coronavirus is spreading across the country.
Legit.ng had earlier reported how, in an interview, Egberongbe had lamented the rate of poverty in the country adding how he felt like crying knowing that many women now do anything just to be able to fend for their children.
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